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The British monarchy on screen$
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Mandy Merck

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099564

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.001.0001

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The Queen has two bodies: amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy

The Queen has two bodies: amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy

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(p.225) 10 The Queen has two bodies: amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy
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The British monarchy on screen
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Karen Lury

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.003.0011

Dating from as early as 1906, a large number of amateur films commemorate royal visits to Scotland’s town halls and schools. They capture- in lise Hayden’s terms–the “minor events” of British royalty where the monarchs” physical presence and symbolic embodiment are balanced on a “knife’s edge” as both their “ordinariness” and uniqueness must be maintained simultaneously. This tension explains why the choreographing of these events is often (wearily) similar and the films boring. Nonetheless, these amateur films sometimes capture moments of contingency (the look at the camera, the unseemly exuberance of children) that expose the limits of this balancing act and the “work” that underpins the perfonnance of monarchy. Conversely, in many cities across Scotland these royal encounters have been re-imagined in pageants and gala days also commemorated in amateur films. In these films, children take on royal functions, becoming fleshy “effigies” of the monarch in ritualistic performances that dramatize the ambiguous origins of royal pageantry, whether the monarchs involved are “real” or “fake”.

Keywords:   amateur film, pageantry, monarchs, royalty

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